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Gus Gear’s mission to improve the safety and quality of life for those facing medical challenges goes beyond the production of our Central Line Vest, Ostomy Pouch Cover, G-Tube Wrap, Line Cover, and other accessories. We seek partnerships, not transactions, with customers, partners, investors, and stakeholders alike by providing resources and blog posts that can improve the patient and their family’s outcomes and quality of life.

How to Ask For Help

August 4, 2022
Why Asking for Help is Hard & How to Get Better At it We live in a culture that values self-reliance, arguably, to a fault. Yes, it can be tough to admit when we need help, but humans were never meant to be solitary creatures. We were meant to exist in a community with each...
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3 Tips For Planning a Vacation with a Medically Complex Child

June 28, 2022
For the parents and caregivers of kids with complex medical needs, going on a summer vacation may sound like a fantasy. The amount of planning, forethought, organization, and even money it would require is daunting to say the least. While it’s important to recognize that, for some families, it genuinely may not be possible to...
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5 Tips for New Caregivers of Medically Complex Kids

May 27, 2022
If your child was recently diagnosed with a chronic or complex illness, I want to convey my support. Like the famous quote says: “All change is loss, and loss must be mourned,” but for me to say that I’m sorry or offer up condolences doesn’t feel quite right. You may have to mourn a version...
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Being More Mindful on Mother’s Day

May 2, 2022
Motherhood is complex. It only makes sense that Mother’s Day brings up a lot of complicated thoughts and emotions for people—joy, sadness, anger, confusion. This complexity doesn’t mean it’s not worth acknowledging. It’s just important to embrace a Mother’s Day message that honors a variety of experiences and is sensitive to how this day impacts...
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One Accidental Entrepreneur’s Story and the Startup at the Heart of this Journey

April 19, 2022
Originally published by Pittsburgh Region. Next Is Now. I am grateful for the opportunity to share Gus Gear's story with their readers and talk about our relationship with Pittsburgh's startup community. Chronic illness doesn’t define my son, Gus, but it has shaped and defined my life. Over 15 years ago, I moved with my children...
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Keeping an Effective Medical Chart For Your Medically Complex Kid

March 29, 2022
While keeping a chart at home for your medically complex kid isn’t necessarily required, it is a powerful tool that makes it simple to spot trends or quantify issues. It allows you to be data driven, and speak a language your child’s medical team will find easy to understand. It prevents personal opinions and emotions...
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